Publisher description for Research design / edited by David de Vaus.


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This collection brings together key articles and book chapters that provide an overview of research design for the social sciences, focusing on the purpose, nature, and types of research design - the architecture of research rather than the mechanics of running a research project. Emphasis is put on non-laboratory-based research designs that are typically encountered in the social sciences, those involving people rather than objects. The range of issues covered is impressive: the epististemology of social research design; the complex matters of causation and the logic of design; the importance of units of analsyis; the subjective elements of human behaviour and the role of qualitative and quantitative data.
This range of topics is the strength of this four-volume collection. It offers insight into the central concepts, strengths, and weaknesses of various designs and threats to validity of research, and also provides the key readings outlining a wide range of research designs used across the social sciences.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Social sciences -- Research.